Psicotropia was born in Madrid in the summer of 1999, with the purpose of working on a experimental and avant-garde musical trend, as an alternative to the current stagnation of ideas and values in the world of rock.
They began covering King Crimson and composing their own first songs. On July 7th 2000, Psicotropia presented their one-year work in a show at Siroco in Madrid, with a resounding success among critics and audience. They kept on with their work during the next year, doing several shows in prestigious festivals and venues of Madrid. It was then when Nacho Cuevas (vocals, flute and harmonica) and Iván Caramés (cello) joined the band with regular collaborations.
In the period between 2002-2003, they recorded their self-produced first album, presenting it at Ritmo & Compás on January 31th 2003, in the First Party of Spanish Progressive Rock. The album, named after the band, is distributed internationally by Luna Negra and Musea Records labels in USA, South America, Europe and Japan.
During the year 2004, Psicotropia was invited to perform at the VIII edition of the the rock festival BajaProg, in the city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, sharing the stage with legendary bands and rock musicians. They also recorded the background music (composed by Santi Ibarretxe) for the film Muertos Comunes, directed by Norberto Ramos del Val, released in movie theatres around Spain on May 2004. Two songs of the first Psicotropia album were also included in the film’s soundtrack. During June 2004, the band participated in the final phase of the prestigious contest Emergenza, celebrated in the Arena venue in Madrid, where the best fifthteen rock bands of Spain competed. Psicotropia was the fourth best band in the national clasification and, moreover, they won the best guitar player, best bass player and second best drums player awards of the festival. Other important festivals in which Psicotropia has participated are, among others: I, II and III Calambrecords Festival, I Festival AlbaRock, Festival ProAgresivo, Festival Crossover, etc. always having an impressing reception by critics an audience.
During 2005 Psicotropia has kept its unstoppable shows career all around Spain (Psicotropia Spring tour 2005) and abroad (2005 USA September Tour, including their appereance at the ProgDay XI Festival in North Carolina). In 2006, they won the fourth prize at the National Ritmo & Compás Contest, held in Madrid, thanks to which they have recorded their first official videoclip, directed by Norberto Ramos del Val and launched on the Internet in September 2006. In May of the same year, Psicotropia participated with their live performance in the rock tragedy Estela Plateada (Silver Surfer), directed by Álvaro Tato and José Gamo at the RESAD dramatic art school in Madrid. A limited edition DVD of this gig was released by Calambrecords.
Early 2007, the second official album of Psicotropia, named Grog, has been published with labels Luna Negra Records and Musea Records (for distribution in South and North America, Europe and Japan) and with Psicofonía Records (for distribution in Spain). The album includes the concert DVD Psicotropia Live. In this year and the next one, Psicotropia had the opportunity of participate in other important concerts and festivals such as Minnuendö Festival 2007 (Spain), Crescendo Festival 2008 (France), sharing the stage with well-known international bands such as Secret Chiefs 3, Don Caballero, Pendragon, Pain of Salvation, Hawkwind, Cides, Marotta & Bao, Oxygene 8, etc.
In 2009, they participated in ProgSud Festival (France), sharing the stage with bands such as Tony Levin Stick Men, Lazuli, etc. In this year they have recorded their third album, Psicotropia³, to be released in 2010 with labels Luna Negra Records (Mexico), Musea Records (France) and Nooirax Productions for its distribution in Spain.
More info about the band at http://www.myspace.com/psicotropia
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